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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Encourage Confidence

This week, we started looking at Confidence in a LinkedIn post called In Confidence.  Within that post, we suggested “The strength to face what life brings, to act with self-assurance, appreciating our mistakes as lessons; this is Confidence. To practice patience and mastery; this is Confidence. To fully express our talents, capacities and ideas… this too is Confidence. Maintaining a positive outlook and trust in others is Confidence. The virtue that is Confidence goes beyond simple notions of perceived self-confidence. It reaches for a confidence in life itself.”

We introduced thoughts from L.P. Jacks and Max Ehrmann that spoke to the manifestation of Confidence as a virtue; a strength of character.

We also noted that “With Confidence, there is no shame or blame… only moving forward.”

IMAGINE

  • Imagine this in the classroom and on campus.   What would Confidence look like in students and educators and counselors and administrators… and in support staff?  How could Confidence be encouraged?
  • Imagine this at work and in business.   What would Confidence look like in teams, staff, management and leadership?  How would it be engaged and practiced with colleagues and clients and customers? How could cultures of Confidence be encouraged?
  • Imagine this in our communities.   What would Confidence look like in community teams and staff, management and leadership?  How about citizenry?  How would it be engaged and practiced with colleagues, clients, customers, and constituents? How could communities of Confidence be encouraged?

I say this because a wise and ex Vietnam Vet in 1987 shared an insight that has remained with me for these 30 years… and will continue to do so.  “Mike” once told me “Courage first, confidence second.”  By that he meant that Confidence grows from Courage.  Courage is the soil from which Confidence grows, like a great tree.  The more you pay attention to the soil, the stronger the tree grows.

In my wide ranging and years of work with youth, I see this truth.  In the classroom and in training sessions I see this.  In my work with educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders, I see this.  We encourage to foster and forge Courage, with the intention of building Confidence.

I have seen great examples of this in my career within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  I have experienced great examples of this in finance, marketing, sales, HR and education.  I have also witnessed poor examples.  Encouragement is to give courage, in order to build Confidence.  Cultures of fear do not encourage… they build fear, doubt, anxiety and even apathy.

Now in the face of fear and hate and discouragement, we can find encouragement from others as Michelle Obama shares.  But it is not the fear that encourages the strength, but the seeking out of encouragement and heroic examples.  Michelle says that she is “a strong woman because of other strong woman,” and “You don’t mother alone, you don’t grandparent alone, you don’t struggle alone. You find your community.”

Communities and cultures of encouragement build Confidence.  Confidence advances the strength to face what life brings and to act with self-assurance, appreciating our mistakes as lessons.

Confidence gives us the capacity to practice patience and mastery.  It engages us to fully express our talents, capacities and ideas.  It emboldens a positive outlook and trust in others.

Consider the how and why to offering words of encouragement.  Imagine practicing Confidence ourselves and drawing it out in others at school, work, business and community.  Imagine it in our homes and circles, with family and friends.

Imagine… then do it up and get it done.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

Leader ToC with Trent Langdon

This month, with our seventh in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts for 2017, we connect with a friend and colleague in education, Trent Langdon.  With his background and passion, I am thrilled to have him join the conversation around leadership and character at Leader ToC™.

That being said, and before we head into that conversation, Leader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) itself is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.  Before we get started this month, here are:

… if you wish to catch up; there is your baker’s dozen. 🙂

And, we do indeed encourage the reads.  This is Issue 13, with more to come.  We are thankful, and look forward to continuing the learning journey; and having you with us.  We hope you engage and enjoy.

INTRODUCING Trent Langdon

Trent Langdon is all about building legacy through character education and social-emotional development. He is a junior high school counselor for nearly 700 adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities. In addition, Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; recently elected as Vice-President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and serves as a member of the CCPA Ethics Committee (Complaints Division).  And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage™ team and co-author of The Leaducator Experience™.  Check out Trent’s blog.  You can email Trent at trent@epicengage.com and find him on Twitter or LinkedIn (@TrentLangdonNL ).

And now, on to …

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hey Trent; glad to have you on board with this month’s Leader ToC™.  We typically start with the big question… “Who are you and what is it you do?”

Trent Langdon

Glad to be here Barry.  Well, I am an educator / school counselor, and an advocate for teachers, public education, human rights, and mental health.  In addition to my daily experiences as a teacher, I have contributed to the governance and leadership of my professional affiliations since the start of my career.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

That is no small order and track record; so you are working with those you serve in students and teachers and the profession of teaching alike.  With that in mind, for whom do you do this work best? In other words, who is your best audience?

Trent Langdon

I work directly for my students, families, and teacher colleagues within the education system… however I fundamentally champion character development, actions of integrity, and humanistic leadership (through the work of Epic Engage™ and my own social media communications).

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Tell us a little more about that.  How do you best serve them in doing so? In other words, how do you offer your services?

Trent Langdon

When a group or an individual is interested in connecting to explore any of the themes / areas mentioned above, I work directly with them (either in person or online) to create an action plan that addresses their specific needs (whether it be group work, a speaking engagement, etc.); supports and services are then delivered with a personal approach.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

So you do personalized programming around your body of work and audience.  Excellent.  Based on your work over the years… in these times, what are the challenges and opportunities of leadership… from your perspective and experience?

Trent Langdon

Here is a thought that encompasses a challenge and an opportunity.  A challenge is maintaining that ‘human’, personal component as part of daily interactions.  The opportunity is to maintain that ‘traditional’ human approach by ensuring time is set aside to send that ‘store-bought’ card of condolence, ensure that you meet for coffee at least once per week with a friend / colleague, or send a hand-written message of thanks to a person that has inspired you in some capacity.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I like that… the challenge and opportunity as two sides to the coin, so to speak.  So, in the face of that, when considering the strengths of leadership as they might relate to character… what virtues do you consider to be paramount as strengths and why do you believe them vital?

Trent Langdon

Hands-down, my personal ‘go-to’ virtues are INTEGRITY, HUMANITY, & THANKFULNESS. These three give me an opportunity to look inward (integrity), outward (humanity), and simply acknowledge (thankfulness) the Source / God / Creator of all things good.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Love it.  Given that, what is one piece of advice you might have for our readership on developing leadership and strength of character in these times?

Trent Langdon

Investigate those virtues that are your foundation; those virtues that guide and strengthen your personal and professional efforts.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I hear you.  That is core, in my opinion.  To thine own self be true.  And you do work ultimately around that.  So, how can someone connect with you for more information on your work?

Trent Langdon

Well, you can email me directly at trent@epicengage.com and connect with my Blog or on LinkedIn and Twitter (@TrentLangdonNL ).

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Trent, that is it… for now.  🙂  I really appreciate the time… and your work my friend.  Thanks for joining us on Leader ToC™.

Trent Langdon

Been a pleasure Barry.  Thanks for the opportunity.

 

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, check out Trent; I encourage you.  You will be glad you did.

And, yes indeed, we continue on.  Continuing through 2017, around the third or final Friday of each month… we will engage and explore with experts and leaders around the globe.  We invite you to join us.

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

Come Passion, Come…

This week, we are looking at Compassion as a strength of character and the role Responsibility plays in practicing it.  We invite you to explore these two posts and consider the importance of Compassion and Responsibility for you now… at school, work, business and/or community.  Maybe check out THIS video on the Ultimate Compassion and Responsibility even.

In practicing both, we actually start to build a reputation of consequence and a simplicity of living.  We are focused on what matters most to us and how we can best live and serve it.  We know where we will best bring our passion.

With that in mind, we also invite you to consider the launch of the Leaducator™ Experience in service and response to world embracing educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders.  That is for whom we choose to be most responsible, going forward.

How about you?

  • Professionally, to whom do you choose to be responsible?  How might you best serve them? How might Compassion serve you in that choice?
  • Personally, to whom do you choose to be responsible?  How might you best serve them?  How might Compassion help in that respect?

Ponder that.  Reflect on it.  Make it so and see where it goes.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.

 

MaD Commitment

Earlier this week, we posted on Commit and Depart; initially exploring Commitment, Detachment and Initiative and the process of letting go to move forward.

Then, we explored Motivation and Discipline as they might connect with Commitment… particularly with my personal road back to health.  I am intent on getting back to my own optimal strength and health.

Commitment to something important requires us to detach or depart from something less important.  We do not break habits; we change them.  That requires the virtue of Sacrifice which is to give up something important for something more important.

In doing so, we must needs find our best motivation.. driven by Enthusiasm, Purposefulness and Determination … and reinforced by Discipline.  In other words, Commitment requires us to depart from old ways, in favor of new ones.  We best do that by our motivation and our practice of Discipline.

We invite you to think about an important goal you might have, personally or professionally.  Here is a process we might suggest.

  • Get very specific as to what you are committing to achieving.
  • Get clear on what you must release to do so.
  • Now, get abundantly clear on your motivation.  Find your enthusiasm for the goal by exploring the absolute and real relevance it has for you.  Get real on it.  Get particularly clear on the purpose of the goal; why it is important.  Ask yourself how you will show Determination in making it happen.  These are the key elements of true motivation.
  • Then determine how you will practice Discipline in those moments of doubt or distraction or even despair.

Commit, release and go MaD.  Try that out and see where it takes you at school, work, business and community.  We think it might be interesting.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.

 

Life, Death and the 44

To consider that. after the death of the body, the spirit perishes is like imagining that a bird in a cage will be destroyed if the cage is broken, though the bird has nothing to fear from the destruction of the cage. Our body is like the cage, and the spirit is like the bird… if the cage becomes broken, the bird will continue and exist. Its feelings will be even more powerful, its perceptions greater, and its happiness increased…” — ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

I love this quote as it speaks to challenging our understanding of life and death.  That understanding needs challenging as it often impacts how we live.  Many fear death, see it as unjust, or avoid the idea altogether… preferring some subconscious sense of invincibility.

Almost two years ago, I experienced a brain bleed or TIA or mini stroke and I so very much remember being in that first CT Scan.  I knew nothing of what was going on inside my head; nothing.  I remember lying there and posing the question to myself, “What if I have only 90 days left?”

The answer was powerful, intriguing and inspired by the quote above.  I was overrun with thoughts of how I would live and work my possible final 90 days, before my cage supposedly would break.  I was positively overwhelmed by the notion that I would bring “all the guns” if I had but 90 days.  That meant I would live and serve as very best I could and can.

As the journey continued, I started realizing that I probably would have more days.  I understood that test after test was confirming the mystery that we could not find a cause.  I understood that, residual affects aside, I had more time.  That notion of what I would do; it became less urgent.

Life and Death

My point is this.  We must needs reflect on our own mortality; not as something dire… but as something real.  We must consider that (a) we will die, (b) we know not when and (c) death is not a door slamming shut but one opening.  The result is both freedom and urgency… to live the life that matters and counts, for us.  Yes, if you fully understood these three ideas… how might they impact our understanding of the precious nature of our life and the idea that we will not end?

Having not an end, expands our concept of Patience as we understand that time has no real meaning, except to measure in this world.  Having a sense that there is a doorway though; it reinforces the urgency of making this life count.  It matters, now.  So, we end up with freedom and urgency in powerful balance… to live our best lives.  My choice is to meditate on these notions, and to own them.  I want to reinforce my own approach to life… an approach that does not fear death but sees it as a reminder that this chapter we call life is important as a chapter would be in any book.  It must be written in our living it.

I constructively challenge you to investigate for yourself.  Download the Secret Truth© for free on our shop.  It is a compilation of wisdom from many traditions.  View this powerful video from Kesha that boldly encourages us to find our strongest being.  See where these thoughts might take you, and your work.  A sense of spirit strengthens our capacity to study, work and live in this life.  A true sense of spirit strengthens our ability to live our own epic life. As we note on our home page

  • In these times of uncertainty and change, walking with an assured step is vital.  We call it Humble Swagger™; a genuine, robust, caring, tenacious and healthy confidence grounded in nobility, humility and certitude.  It is about being determined to do the right thing and bring everyone together to achieve excellence in doing so.

A powerful sense of spirit advances such.  As I and we head into a new stage for Epic Engage™, and with the above in mind and heart… we offer this assortment of 44 posts, perspectives and resources… in service to impact, leadership and character at school, work, business and community.

Why 44?

Ultimately, I have no idea.  All I know is that, for the last 6 months or so, I keep consistently seeing the number 44 multiple times a day, without “looking” for it.  I am not into numerology per se but have checked it out.  The best I can read is that it supposedly references creative forces and that one is on track and very close to best path… that there is a need for focus and discipline in building one’s dreams… and building something to benefit many generations.  It is apparently about building for both the present and the future… and the need for being realistic, pragmatic, efficient, disciplined, confident, conscientious, balanced, and methodical.

Bottom line is I like the message. 🙂

Then, quite unplanned, I created the following list of resources to offer.  Lo and behold, there were 44.  I may lose people on this, lol.  Still, there truly was no plan on my part.  44 was the number.  It may or may not mean anything at all.  Regardless, here are the 44 resources.

As for me, and in the spirit of living… tomorrow I am going to see Despicable Me 3 and Spider-Man Homecoming and then rock out some Karaoke, lol.

Peace, passion and prosperity… and reflection.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

 

Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe.

Clean to Lean

The lean business model is all about simplicity and focus; and Cleanliness is the virtue.  Earlier this week, we shared on Clean Leadership… taking the first steps to examine this often misunderstood virtue or strength of character.

In it, we suggested:

Simplicity and the lean business model are its results.

It demands of us the time and energy and priority to inventory all that is occupying our school, work and community life.  It is about examining the BIG ROCKS as Stephen Covey referenced.  So, the simple question around getting clean and lean is:

What are your big rocks?

Now, I personally invite you to watch this video on A Clean Thought.  Then, schedule in some dedicated and devoted time to make a list of all the rocks in your life, big and small.  Be thorough.  I mean thorough; diligently so.  Leave no stone unturned.  Once you have done so, create four columns:

COLUMN 1: DEEPLY WANT TO

These are the boulders. This column is for those rocks in your life that you deeply and passionately have affinity and need for in living a fulfilling life, on your terms.

COLUMN 2: HAVE TO

These are the stones.  This column is for those rocks that may not be associated with passion, but they are needed… to live, period.

COLUMN 3: SHOULD DO

These are the pebbles.  This column is dedicated to those rocks in your life that are wish list and desirable but not cravings or truly needed.  They are more born of a sense of obligation. if anything.

COLUMN 4: GET AROUND TO

This column is for the sand in Dr. Covey’s metaphor.  These are the things that ultimately hold no great importance… but if you have time, yeah you would do them.  They are the noise and distractions.

Go through your list and mark a red mark in the appropriate column for each item… based on your ideal life.  THEN, go through the list again, and mark in black mark what is your reality, at this time.  Now, you have something truly to reconcile.

  • What sand is now big rock for you?
  • What big rocks need to be more like sand?

The goal is to get clear and clean up the alignment of your life.  Maybe some sand needs to become rock.  Maybe some rock needs to be sand.  Either way, in doing so, you are practicing Cleanliness. You are refreshing and cleaning your life.  You are demonstrating respect and honor.  You are understanding garbage in, garbage out even more powerfully.  You are cleansing yourself of habits that no longer serve you, or maybe never did.

To get lean, we need to clean.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

The Leaducator Experience: Volume 1

Welcome to…

The Leaducator Experience™

The Experience is not simply a newsletter.  Well, it is less of a newsletter; and more of one.  It’s sole intent is to serve educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders who hold a world embracing vision.  It is about offering resources to advance peace, passion and prosperity, locally and globally… at school, work, business and community.  It is about offering thoughts and resources that might just make life simpler, better and cooler. To sign up to receive it monthly, go to the right and see the side bar… and the SIGN UP TODAY.  This is Volume 1.

From Barry

Character Matters

Consider this piece on The Character of Leadership from The Ivey Business Journal.  Within… are two quotes to anchor the piece.

“I have a dream today . . . I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.” —  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“When I went to management school 20 years ago, I thought it was about personality, desire, determination, and a little bit of technique. I didn’t actually realize it was about character, and that struck me more as I have gone along . . . The leaders whom people respect and will follow have the characteristics of being themselves, of being passionate about what they are doing, communicating that in a heartfelt way that touches hearts.” — Theresa Gattung, CEO of Telecom NZ

We also invite you to consider Developing Leadership Character from the Ivey Business Journal.   Within it, you will find the following, amongst a great deal more.

  • “Our own research on the failures of leadership points to issues around character as a central theme[3].  Nowhere was this more obvious than in the financial crisis of 2008 – 2009, in which boldness or instant gratification triumphed over temperance.  People who knew that bad risks were being taken did not have the courage and/or confidence to speak up, and people without integrity sold mortgages to those who could not pay them.  They then bundled these mortgages into securities that were fraudulent and sold to others.  People with large egos, lacking in humility, oblivious to the harm they may have been be doing to others or the societies in which they operated, became very rich at the expense of millions who were the victims of the financial crisis and subsequent recession.  Yet, to this day, these same people seem unable or unwilling to accept any degree of responsibility for their actions.  Leaders of large, global companies knew about these types of practices yet did nothing to stop them.  Still others were unable to create the honest, transparent corporate culture that would enable them to be in touch with what was happening deep down in the organization.  All these behaviors and activities were, essentially, failings of character.”

We believe and contend that character matters; and character is not about simply being someone’s definition of morally good.  It is, in essence, about what Simon Anholt refers to as being good.

And so….

From Trent

A Collective VISION

The success of your team (and the individual players within) is contingent on having a ‘presence’ on the local, regional, and global field of play. Though your practice may be based locally or regionally, a global awareness (or moral ‘presence’) provides a foundational strength to enhance your impact.

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In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. Our governments have a plan to save our planet… it’s our job to make sure they stick to it.

The Global Goals are only going to work if we fight for them and you can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are. We believe the Goals are only going to be completed if we can make them famous.

www.globalgoals.org

In recent months, I have valued following the work of the Global Goals Educator Task Force. Their mission is as follows:

We, the Global Goals Educator Task Force, in partnership with the United Nations, aim to strengthen the voice of the Educator in their sessions, meetings, and events pertaining to the Sustainable Development Goals. We seek a world where every child learns about the inspiring Global Goals — and we welcome any and all partners and opportunities that move us all closer to this objective. We recruit teachers, gather data, cherish ideas, and submit recommendations directly to the UN annually. Passionate about policy, advocacy, innovation, design thinking, and best practices in global education, we bring diverse perspectives and deep commitment to the SDGs and the children of our world.

You can explore the Sustainable Development Goals at www.teachsdgs.org and on Twitter @TeachSDGs (A global movement of teachers pledging to #TeachSDGs; a Task Force of volunteers partnered with the UN to serve @TheGlobalGoals & @TheWorldsLesson).

Within my own scope of practice as an educator and school counselor, I have adopted these SDGs to keep my efforts focused and effective:

#3. Good Health & Well-Being

#4. Quality Education

#10. Reduced Inequalities,

#16. Peace & Justice.

I challenge you to become a part of this growing online community by taking the SDG pledge and to incorporate the SDGs into your school’s objectives, your business’ / organization’s blueprint, or your personal leadership goals.

LINK UP

Please check out this LinkedIn Article by Harriet Marshall (April 24th, 2017).

Teaching the SDGs – 17 Goals to Transform Our World and Our Classrooms

AHEAD and HEART

In the coming volumes of The Leaducator Experience™, we will explore and offer additional resources, videos, links and thoughts around character leadership and achieving lasting impact at school, work, business and community.  Subsequent volumes will be offered monthly, and around the third week of the month.  Sign Up to automatically receive The Leaducator Experience™ by going here at our home page In so doing, you will also receive our Purpose Pack™ as a gift.

We look forward to sharing with you, and invite submissions for short guest blog pieces around character, leadership and impact.

We do so, wholeheartedly.

CONTRIBUTORS and AUTHORS

Trent Langdon is all about building legacy through character education and social-emotional development. He is a junior high school counselor for nearly 700 adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities. In addition, Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; recently elected as Vice-President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and serves as a member of the CCPA Ethics Committee (Complaints Division).  And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage™ team and co-author of The Leaducator Experience™.  Check out Trent’s blog

Barry Lewis Green is all about heroic character leadership and its impact on building cultures of strength, unity, resourcefulness and what he calls joyful excellence.  He is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  Barry’s book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that.  and that is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.  Barry is humbly proud to advance this work with Trent and The Leaducator Experience™.

POST SCRIPT RESOURCES

 

broadCAST July 2017: Three Days and Virtues

As we begin this broadCAST™, we honor three special days early on, in this very month,

The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™.  Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  have an opportunity to share their earned insights right here, for you, each month.  With that in mind, we wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts on their respective expertise and how it might be of service to you.  They each bring such great value in service to their work in communications, youth engagement, education, compassion, business, health, leadership and more

July 2017

With the above in heart and mind, the theme for The CAST™ in July was:

  • Dominion, often defined as the right of governing.
  • Independence, often defined as freedom from the control of others.

They can also both be, and are, virtues; strengths of character.  Dominion over oneself is a form of discernment, detachment, discipline and decisiveness.  Independence is based on our healthy truthfulness, assertiveness and integrity.

So, with July comes Dominion (Canada) Day and Independence Day in North America.  If Dominion and Independence are virtues, and they are… based on your expertise and personal experience… what is one thought you might have about taking charge of one’s life in a way to create the life we best desire?

Now, before we go further… unfortunately, and due to life matters, we are truly missing new contributions from Krista Walsh and Mark Black this month.  I know that they send their best wishes, however you celebrate and honor these days… and we have chosen to do a retro recall on each for this month, in line with the question for the month.

So, in essence…

What is one thought you might have about taking charge of one’s life in a way to create the life we best desire?

The responses were varied and cool.

Engage and enjoy. 🙂

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

My thoughts about taking charge of your life with regards to these two virtues is simple: take neither Dominion nor Independence for granted!  The very virtues we argue and fight over within government are also applicable to our daily life.  So, I submit to you that we must practice and learn to govern our actions in such a way that we magnify the independence of those around us while simultaneously encouraging growth and prosperity for all.  By focusing our efforts on others, the rewards that come back to us will be magnified and intensified with the same enthusiasm and effort that we put forth.  Rise!

Ray Hollister is all about strength, excellence and potential. In fact, he has a very special connection raywith students – he’s helped thousands achieve average scores of over 90% for 20 years! His love of learning… and his ability to teach anybody the same easy strategies he used to study far less than everyone else while maintaining outrageously high test scores… quickly earned him a lot of ‘friends’ seeking his advice. Ray has personally conducted numerous studies to develop an intense, focused, and  results oriented program for college students. With the success of that program, Ray set his sights on helping younger students in Junior High, High School, and those just entering University. The end result is a program that will help any student – especially YOU – learn more, study less, and earn consistently high grades.  www.rayhollister.net

KRISTA WALSH SAYS

Check this video out… from Krista.  I personally love it, and it speaks to the message.  Persistence speaks to forging both Dominion and Independence.  We miss you Krista. 🙂

Krista Walsh is about productivity and creating cash flow.  Krista is an award winning entrepreneur, author and speaker. From dental assistant drop out, to family business builder, to emerging leader for Atlantic Canada (twice), Krista will share her journey from failure to success and explore how to increase your cash flow and productivity.  In 2005 Krista established “KC COLLECT,” a credit, collection and resource company. It would be the first and only female-owned collection agency in Atlantic Canada.  Krista’s informative presentations engage and challenge audiences to effectively manage and build their businesses, professional relationships, and enhance their profiles.  Andrew Oland- President, Moosehead Breweries says “Krista is a smart, dedicated and passionate woman. She is an engaging and practical presenter who adds tremendous value to any audience.”  Her breakout sessions will assist you in navigating the practical tools you can implement immediately to increase sales and productivity, enhance and build relationships, and strengthen and increase cash flow.  Krista’s determination and vision has been recognized by her peers and she has twice received the Atlantic Canadian Emerging Award as one of Canada’s leading young entrepreneurs. www.kccollect.vpweb.ca

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS

In this video, Joel shares on finding your voice.

Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and Joel-Sweeney-291x300writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers. www.JoelSweeney.com

LIZ BURT SAYS

I’ve been thinking about the topics of dominion versus independence all month, and in my mind it relates to being a leader versus a follower. I think the wisest people, and best leaders, know when to follow their own intuition and expertise… yet also know when to let others step up and take the lead. They know it takes the ability to listen to others and bring together the strengths of the group to garner the best results. In fact, the best leaders know that, overall, they won’t always have all of the answers… and the best approach could be to seek the experience and advice of their peers.  To bring this back to using these virtues to create a great life, we should focus on our strengths and hone our skills, yet also know when to look to experts for the tough questions and help us in areas where we are less experienced. This is neither dominion nor independence, but rather the best of both worlds.  🙂

Liz Burt is about real and healthy results.  She is a master motivator. She is also a marathoner and marketing specialist living in Calgary, AB. She holds a three-year diploma in Business Management and Marketing, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and will begin her MA at the University of Alberta this spring. In addition to being wild about learning and running, Liz is also an avid traveller and has backpacked through twenty countries in the last few years. In her professional life she loves working with small businesses to develop simple and effective marketing and communications plans that achieve real results. She is creative, a bit of a health nut and loves to share her healthy passions in her blog. Liz is a goal setter and risk taker. She loves coffee, cooking, and great conversations. She gets huge joy in helping people and small businesses achieve their goals and are always ready to lend an ear and share advice. www.soundbodysoundmind.wordpress.com

MARK BLACK SAYS

Mark, we miss you this month but I looooved this around claiming what we do by putting love into it; and I quote. 

When we love what we do it is beneficial for everyone. You enjoy your work more, those who work with you do as well. And if you serve clients or customers, they will benefit as well.  I think it’s important to distinguish what we mean by loving your work however: it’s often said that if you love what you do, you never “work” a day in your life. I don’t buy that. It implies that loving what you do is a passive act – you love or hate your job because of the job and not because of you. Rather, I believe how much you love your job is the result of how much love you put INTO it.

Mark Black, CSP is all about wellness and resilience.  He is a Heart blackand Double-Lung Transplant Recipient, 4-time marathoner, resilience expert, speaker, and coach. Mark helps people “Thrive in Challenging Times”. A Certified Speaking Professional, Mark has inspired more than 100,000 people in more than 350 presentations. At 23 Mark faced an unimaginable challenge. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing. Without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant he would not see his 25th birthday. Three years later, after receiving his second chance at life, Mark ran his first marathon. Mark spends his free time with his beautiful wife and two kids.  www.markblack.ca

SHEENA GROBB SAYS

Before you charge full steam ahead in the world, take time to understand your values and dreams fully, independent of outside influence. Be conscious of the deep inner whisper of your heart, because it is this voice alone that will lead you towards a deeper fulfillment in your own life.  Accept and embrace exactly who you are and how you might do things differently from others.  This is where true dominion and independence exists, and it’s more creative than you might think!

Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, Sheenaand over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers. www.sheenagrobb.com

TRENT LANGDON SAYS

Trent offers up on Integrity, in this great little video.

Trent Langdon is all about building legacy through character education and development. He is a junior high school counselor for 650+ adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities.  Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; currently completing his 2nd term as a member of the Provincial Executive Council of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) and now as the incoming NLTA Vice-President for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and serves as a member of the CCPA Ethics Committee (Complaints Division).  And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage team. www.epicengage.com

JAMIE McCABE SAYS

We are the creator of our own lives. We chose our reactions and, at each cross road, we pick a direction and a lane to move forward in.  We hold all the power to create what we desire. While just wishing and wanting isn’t enough to move you ahead in life, your actions and reactions are. Being in the creative field, I recognize and appreciate the individuality we all hold within us and encourage and inspire us all to be authentic, passionate and caring to ourselves and others. Be YOU and happiness follows.

JM2Jamie McCabe is all about creativity and connection. She is on a mission to bring people together through art and exploring their creative side at Clay Café Avalon. Jamie became an entrepreneur and opened the paint-your-own pottery studio in 2008 and has seen many memories painted there since then. She works with children and schools where she provides after school art programs. She believes we should color outside the lines more and embrace our inner artist. At Clay Café, it’s not about painting the perfect piece, it’s about painting the perfect memory.  www.claycafeavalon.ca

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS

For me, Humble Swagger™ is all about Dominion and Independence, nobly manifested.  Here I suggest 4 ways to claim it.  Indeed, they have played a role in my latest news on the road back to health.

Barry Lewis Green is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness.  His book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that.  and that is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday. www.epicengage.com

QUOTE of the MONTH

So we have honored Dominion and Independence.  Then there is Memorial Day.  Memorial is a form of honor, and here is a quote that might link to all three concepts and days this month.

“If anything can, it is memory that will save humanity. For me, hope without memory is like memory without hope.” — Elie Wiesel


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